adventures of an american housewife in the south of france

Hump Day: French 75

A few weeks ago, I went with my French friend to a French bistro in Union Square.  It was all very...French.  Obviously, I was in heaven.  We arrived at Cafe De La Presse around 3pm on a Saturday and decided that it was time to start drinking.  After I perused their cocktail list, I settled on a French 75 because it sounded light bodied, crisp, and boozy.

Someone please tell me why I am just discovering this drink?  It's fantastic!  I love champagne, I love lemons, I love sugar, and I am starting to love gin.  And the cherry is, well, the cherry on top.  I am in love!  

Apparently I am one of the last to find out about this luscious libation because it's been around since 1915.  According to legend (and Wikipedia), bar owner Harry MacElhone created the French 75  at his Paris landmark, Harry's New York Bar.  The concoction was so strong that it "felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm howitzer artillery piece, also called a '75 Cocktail', or 'Soixante Quinze' in French."

You want to try it now, don't you?  Like most boozy drinks, it's stupid easy to make.  Here's how:

You'll Need: - 1 1/2 oz Gin - 2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice - Brut Champagne - 2 tsp Superfine Sugar - Garnish: Cherry Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice except champagne. Strain into a champagne flute (or collins glass). Top with champagne. Garnish with cherry.  Get drunk.  Enjoy.

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2 Responses to “Hump Day: French 75”

  1. Lorna says:

    I will be making this as soon as I possibly can. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Devon says:

    Oh this sounds delicious! I think I may try to make it this weekend. I will let you know how it turns out!

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